Contramaestre Nov. 13.- Since Monday, the King and Queen of Spain Felipe VI and Letizia pay an official visit to Cuba. They were received in Terminal 1 of José Martí International Airport by Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, who exchanged cordially with them.
Although the Spaniards colonized our island and extinguished the indigenous population, today the cultural heritage and the fact of not taking to the final trial to those who did not “eat the apple”, have maintained the conditions to maintain stable and lasting relations.
A large part of our cultural heritage, such as language, the Catholic religion, music, industriousness, involves us in an indissoluble friendship that exists between both peoples, governments, scientific institutions, and in economic development, especially in tourism.
The celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the old San Cristóbal de La Habana, the last of the seven villages initially founded by the Spaniards during the colonization, privileged with the presence of their excellencies Felipe VI and Letizia and their activities within the city.
Yesterday the Spanish Kings were received by Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Republic of Cuba, and held official conversations in the Palace of the Revolution. Earlier they paid tribute to Jose’Martí by depositing a floral offering in the Plaza de la Revolución (“Revolution Square”).
Their Majesties attended on Tuesday night a dance gala organized in their honor by the Ministry of Culture of Cuba and the National Council of Performing Arts at the Gran Teatro de La Habana (GTH) Alicia Alonso, in the first official visit of some monarchs from that Iberian country to Cuba.
The gala, held in the García Lorca hall, included a wide representation of the diversity of styles that make up the dance rhythms of the largest of the Antilles, the Ballet Nacional de Cuba with scenes from the second act of the classic Giselle, with choreography by Alicia Alonso on the original by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot. And the company Acosta Danza, which presented the work Alrededor no hay nada, by the Spaniard Goyo Montero on poems by Joaquín Sabina and Vinicius de Moraes; and the Conjunto Folklórico Nacional with the piece Rumberos, a choreography by Manolo Micler, with Cuban folk and popular music.
Today, accompanied by Esteban Lazo, President of the Cuban Parliament, and Eusebio Leal, Historian of the City, they make a tour of heritage sites in the historical center of this capital.
Their Majesties reached El Templete, the founding site of Havana, which, in a few days, celebrates its 500th anniversary and crossed the Plaza de Armas, the city’s landmark, whose layout evokes that of the fortified squares of medieval Europe.
This privilege of having on our ground the Spanish Kings, Philip VI and Lady Letizia, culminates tomorrow the 14th.
(With information from ACN in Spanish)